“The Red Wings believe that hockey is for everyone and we celebrate the great diversity of our fan base and our nation.”
pic.twitter.com/QmSmtdQPLa— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) August 12, 2017
On Saturday afternoon, images of the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, showed white nationalists holding signs and shields bearing the NHL team’s logo. The symbol immediately caught the attention of social media, and quickly sparked one major question: Why do racists consider the Red Wings symbolically significant?
I look away for 12 hours and the Detroit Red Wings have become a symbol for neo-Nazi dickheads? pic.twitter.com/s7aBiyYkmA— Andrew Kirell (@AndrewKirell) August 12, 2017
Wait a minute...@DetroitRedWings have you sanctioned the use of your logo here or is a copyright infringement suit pending? pic.twitter.com/C5HG91H5yp— Vote D!ONNE Renée (@OnElectionDay) August 12, 2017
According to Russian Machine Never Breaks, the Detroit Red Wings is the name of a Michigan-based white nationalist group that has appropriated the logo.Read more at Complex